Grant McCann

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Grant McCann
Personal information
Full name Grant Samuel McCann
Date of birth (1980-04-15) 15 April 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Peterborough United (Assistant Manager)
Youth career
1995–1996 Lisburn Distillery
1996–1998 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2003 West Ham United 4 (0)
1999 Livingston (loan) 4 (0)
2000 Notts County (loan) 2 (0)
2000–2001 Cheltenham Town (loan) 30 (3)
2002 Cheltenham Town (loan) 8 (0)
2003–2007 Cheltenham Town 158 (31)
2006–2007 Barnsley (loan) 7 (1)
2007–2008 Barnsley 34 (3)
2008–2010 Scunthorpe United 102 (18)
2010–2015 Peterborough United 128 (29)
2015 Linfield 5 (1)
National team
2000–2001 Northern Ireland U21 11 (3)
2001–2012 Northern Ireland 39 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Grant Samuel McCann (born 15 April 1980) is a Northern Irish former international footballer and current football coach at Peterborough United. Born in Belfast, McCann played in the Lisburn Distillery youth system from 1995 until signing for the West Ham United Academy of Football in 1996, where he started his professional career.[1][2] He made his debut on 19 May 2001 in a 2–1 away defeat to Middlesbrough.[3] McCann also won 39 caps for Northern Ireland after making his senior debut against Malta in 2001, with the last of his 39 caps won in a 6–0 friendly defeat against the Netherlands in June 2012.

Club career[edit]

West Ham and loans[edit]

Finding it hard to break into the West Ham first team McCann had loan spells at Livingston and Notts County before moving to Cheltenham Town, in another loan deal, in 2000.[4]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

After another loan deal took him back to Cheltenham in 2002, the move was made permanent during the January 2003 transfer window when he moved from West Ham for £50,000, a record transfer fee for Cheltenham Town.[4] McCann went on to make 155 league appearances for the Gloucestershire club. He had made only four substitute appearances for The Hammers.[5]


He joined Barnsley on loan deadline day, 23 November 2006, in a contract that expired on 1 January 2007. On his debut against Ipswich Town he scored a 92nd-minute winner in Simon Davey's first ever game as caretaker boss.[6] The two clubs agreed a fee of £100,000 and McCann moved to Barnsley permanently on 2 January 2007.[7] At the time this was a record fee for an outbound player from Cheltenham.[8]


In January 2008, McCann left Barnsley to sign for Championship rivals Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee.[9]

Peterborough United[edit]

On 24 May 2010, Peterborough United announced that they had beaten off competition from a host of Championship clubs to secure the services of McCann on a three-year contract.[10] On 1 August, McCann was named the captain for the 2010–11 League One season, taking the role from George Boyd. He continued to hold this position for the 2011–12 season.[11] McCann has the rare achievement of being promoted via a play-off three times – once each with three different clubs at three different Stadiums – with Cheltenham Town at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, with Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium, London and with Peterborough United at Old Trafford, Manchester.

On 30 April 2012, McCann with seven other Peterborough players were placed on the transfer list by manager Darren Ferguson.[12]


On 14 January 2015, McCann returned to his native country to join NIFL Premiership side Linfield on a free transfer after his contract at Peterborough was terminated by mutual consent. He signed an initial six-month contract to last until the end of the 2014–15 season.[13] McCann, who made close to 200 appearances in all competitions for Posh, had been assisting with the coaching of Peterborough's youth side in the weeks prior to his departure, but was keen to continue playing regularly.[14] His brother, Ryan McCann, had previously played for Linfield between 2002 and 2005, winning several trophies with the Blues including the league title in 2004 and the Setanta Cup in 2005.

On 23 February 2015, McCann was linked to a coaching role at his former club Peterborough United, following the sacking of Darren Ferguson two days earlier. It was assumed that McCann would balance his role at Peterborough with his playing time at Linfield.[15] However, it was later confirmed that McCann would be ending his stay at Linfield after just six weeks. During his short spell at the club, he made six appearances in all competitions, scoring once against Ballymena United in a league game.

Return to Peterborough United[edit]

On 26 February 2015, Linfield confirmed that McCann's contract had been terminated with immediate effect, facilitating his return to Peterborough in a coaching capacity until at least the end of the 2014–15 season.[16]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for the Northern Ireland national team on 6 October 2001 in a 1–0 away win against Malta.[4] He opened his goalscoring account for Northern Ireland by scoring the last goal, a header, in the 4–1 away win against Liechtenstein on 24 March 2007.[17] Although he has yet to formally retire from international duty, the last of his 39 caps was won in a 6–0 friendly defeat against the Netherlands in June 2012.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 24 March 2007 Rheinpark, Vaduz  Liechtenstein 4–1 4–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2 15 October 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast  San Marino 2–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 11 February 2009 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle  San Marino 2–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 12 August 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast  Israel 1–0 1–1 Friendly match



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  2. ^ "West Ham United | Academy | Graduates | Graduates". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Grant McCann". 14 April 1980. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Barnsley | News | Latest News | Latest News | GRANT McCANN – CHELTENHAM TOWN PROFILE". Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
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  6. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Championship | Barnsley 1–0 Ipswich". BBC News. 25 November 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mccann Signs For Barnsley". Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Barnsley | Tykes sign Cheltenham's Odejayi". BBC News. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Scunthorpe Utd | McCann completes Scunthorpe move". BBC News. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Posh pull off major Transfer coup". Peterborough United F.C. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – Grant McCann confirmed as Peterborough United captain". BBC News. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Peterborough United list Grant McCann, release Joe Lewis". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Grant McCann signs for Linfield". Linfield F.C. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "McCann joins Linfield". Peterborough United F.C. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Grant McCann handed Peterborough United coaching role". BBC Sport. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Linfield confirm Grant McCann will leave to take up coaching role". BBC Sport. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Grant McCann | Football Stats | Peterborough United". Soccer Base. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 

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